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LISA & LISA Pathfinder

LISA will be a large-scale space mission designed to detect one of the most elusive phenomena in astronomy - gravitational waves. With LISA we will be able to observe the entire universe directly with gravitational waves, learning about the formation of structure and galaxies, stellar evolution, the early universe, and the structure and nature of spacetime itself.

The LISA Pathfinder Mission successfully paved the way for the LISA mission by demonstrating the key technologies for a large gravitational wave observatory in space. The results show that LISA Pathfinder is working to a precision better than required for LISA. The LISA Pathfinder mission was launched on 3rd December 2015 and ended in July 2017. 

The LISA Consortium

The LISA Consortium is committed to supporting the LISA mission. It includes all the main investigators involved in the highly successful LISA Pathfinder mission, a number of scientists who worked on the ground-based LIGO, Virgo, and GEO projects, and a number who worked on the Laser Ranging Interferometer on the GRACE Follow-On mission, thus making full use of the expertise accumulated so far. The LISA Consortium proposed and submitted the white paper The Gravitational Universe which was accepted for the ESA L3 slot.

If you are a scientist and wish to contribute to the LISA mission, use this scientist registration form.

Latest news and consortium activities

Date Title Summary
Jun 07, 2016
Results show LISA Pathfinder exceeds expectations The ESA satellite mission LISA Pathfinder has successfully demonstrated the technology...
May 15, 2014
LISA Pathfinder displayed for the first time at the ILA 2014 Direct detection of gravitational waves in space requires some completely new...
Mar 26, 2018
Building the Mission: LISA Consortium Reboot We are now ready to reboot the Consortium and ask you to apply.
Jun 29, 2014
How do Gravitational Waves look like? David Radice wins Giulio Rampa Thesis Prize The 2014 Giulio Rampa Thesis Prize for outstanding research in Mathematical or Numerical...
Jun 07, 2016
American Physical Society: Prototype Gravitational Wave Spacecraft sets new Free Fall Record Successful LISA Pathfinder mission paves the way for the LISA space-based, gravitational...


Conferences, publications and positions

Date News topic Imagesort descending Title
Oct 11, 2016
Papers Distinguishing between formation channels for binary black holes with LISA
Dec 02, 2019
Positions Postdoctoral Researcher in Low-Frequency GWs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Papers Perturbation method in the assessment of radiation reaction in the capture of stars by black holes
Sep 20, 2019
Positions Postdoctoral and Visiting Positions at all Levels in Relativistic Astrophysics at Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Apr 30, 2009
Papers Assembly of Supermassive Black Holes at High Redshifts
Nov 15, 2019
Positions PhD Position in GWs and Cosmology at Nikhef
Mar 21, 2017
Papers Reconstructing the dark sector interaction with LISA
Jun 22, 2020
Conferences IAU Symposium 363 in L’Aquila, Italy, June 22nd-26th, 2020
Dec 11, 2004
Papers Brans-Dicke gravity and the capture of stars by black holes: some asymptotic results
Oct 11, 2019
Positions Post-doctoral position in Gravitational Wave Cosmology at UC Louvain, Belgium
Sep 30, 2012
Papers X-ray emission from high-redshift miniquasars: self-regulating the population of massive black holes through global warming
Nov 20, 2019
Positions Postdoctoral position in experimental gravitational-wave physics at the University of Padova, Italy
Mar 28, 2017
Papers Science with the space-based interferometer LISA. V: Extreme mass-ratio inspirals
Dec 12, 2019
Positions Postdoc positions at ICERM, Brown University in Providence
Feb 02, 2012
Papers Low-frequency gravitational wave science with LISA